It was another action packed weekend, this time we headed to Duluth. The main goal of the trip was for my Fiance and her bridesmaids to look for dresses for our upcoming wedding. Of course, we went down for some fun as well.
As usual, I made sure to pack some camera gear. This time around I took my Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 85mm 1.8 and of course the Fuji X100s. Everything fit perfect into one of my small camera backpacks. I mainly used the Nikon D610 as I gave the girls the X100s to take photos of them trying on dresses. That's the beautiful thing about that camera, it's still relatively easy to use even for those that aren't familiar with the camera. Of course, I did set up so they can simply just click away.
Overall the trip was a ton of fun. We we stopped briefly along the way in Ryden's and then Grand Marais to get some supplies. One of these days I really want to spend some more time in Grand Marais. There are a lot of old buildings there as well as a gorgeous waterfront. But, with the 5 minutes I had I managed to capture just a few photos of the downtown there.
Once we arrived in Duluth, we made our way to Buffalo Wild Wings. They have a good beer selection there as well as some pretty good food. After that, Jay and I dropped off the girls at David's Bridal. After walking around for a couple hours we decided to head to Grizzly's to have a drink and wait for the girls. I would eventually pick them up and come back there to eat again.
I managed to take a few photos there. They had some funky lighting in Grizzly's but the 610 performed pretty well. I had to do some white balance adjustments in Lightroom, but nothing to difficult.
It was then off to the Hotel. We usually stay at Black Bear Casino, just outside of Duluth. Mainly because it's cheap but it's also quite nice. Most of the photos in the hotel were shot with the D610 and 50mm 1.8. Again, I just set it to auto iso and away I went. There was really no need to use manual control.
In the hotel, I got some really good photos. My favourite is the morning after of Jay and Cora sitting in our hotel room waiting for Anne and Raven to get ready. It's a great silhouette image, which I don't really do often enough.
It was then time to leave. Just a short stay. Before going home we headed to Perkins and then the Miller Hill Mall. While here, I used a bit more of the X100s, because of it's portability. Then, before we knew it, we were on the highway heading home. By the time we got back to Grand Marais, we decided to stop in at Sven and Ole's for some pizza. Here, I pulled out the d610 for some more photos of everyone. The very last photo I took was just as we were making our way to the truck. I got the girls to stand in the middle of the street and give me there best pose. And with that, they did.
I can't wait to see the wedding dress Anne got. I guess I will have to wait until August 8th. She doesn't even keep it in the house, for fear that I may look at it or try it on or something. The wedding day can't come soon enough.